As most, you know I am a lover of boutique hotels. From the attention to detail to the quality of service. Boutique hotels make you feel like a family member, not just another guest. I decided to explore Anniston, AL because a little birdy told me about Anniston’s Hotel Finial. When I arrived my first stop was the old Carriage House – now the check-in desk and hotel bar. The check-in desk is beautifully decorated and once you step inside you will see a distinctive Red Oak table.
The table is a large tree trunk and is considered the community table,” said Owner Alabama Senator Del Marsh. “The tree fell on the property and we wanted to find a way to repurpose the tree and it a part of the property because it’s just one of a kind.”
Hotel Finial is a 61-room boutique hotel on Anniston’s Quintard Avenue which opened in March of last year. Hotel Finial, named for the weather vane that stands atop the Queen Anne-style home’s turret.
Just a short walk up the hill is the main house, which hosts the morning breakfast buffet and has four suites. Behind the house is a complex including the guest cottage, assorted rooms with king and double queen size beds and the Carriage House which is where I stayed while I visited Hotel Finial for 3 nights.
Hotel Finial is larger than a bed-and-breakfast and is more quaint and just gives you a different experience from the Hampton Inn up the street. The hotel is enclosed in an iron gate on the main street in Anniston which allows its guest privacy and to feel as though they have gone back in time when women of the upper classes began to wear frames of whalebone or steel wire beneath their dresses and skirts.
While the exterior home and grounds retain the look of Victorian charm, the interior has a more modern feel. On the ground floor of the house, guests can sample a southern breakfast buffet featuring Conecuh sausage and catfish, among other items, in two dining rooms, three auxiliary rooms or the sunporch.
Upstairs are the suites, named for previous owners of the home, and each with a distinctive look.
In the 56 standard rooms, a visitor comes in on a tile entryway. Each bed has a specially constructed heart pine and iron frame, made from materials from Sylacauga’s old Avondale Mills. Some of the pine is also used in the Carriage House bar.
If you are ever exploring Alabama make sure you stop by Hotel Finial and experience what luxury really like! Have you visited Alabama? Do you prefer a chain or boutique hotel?